Who We Are

The Building Industry Association’s y|GEN is an organization focused on fostering the professional growth and enhancing the cohesiveness of the young professionals in the San Diego home building industry, with the goal of encouraging its members to become active and remain engaged in the BIA, and its leadership opportunities throughout their careers.

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y|GEN Events

All y|GEN events are free to y|GEN members and include drink and think education events, building tours, mentor program, and happy hours.

July 19, 2022 – Building Tour @ Horton Plaza

September 29, 2022 – Building Tour @ 3 Roots

November 16, 2022 – End of the Year and Mentor Appreciation Party @ Embolden Beer Company

Check out some of the great photos from the events!

y|GEN Board Meeting Dates

Meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. at the BIA office on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Please contact Elena Mineo with any questions.

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y|GEN Board Members

Melissa Stern (Chair)C&S Companies
Jason Santos (Vice Chair)Pasco Laret Suiter & Associates
Scott Walsh (Secretary/ Treasurer)Sudberry Properties
Victor AvinaFalcon Strategies
Alex BaracchiniRyan Companies
Mia BianchiJLL
Emilie Colwell T & B Planning
Alek Diachenko Streamline Development Group
Stephan GasparKirE Builders
Brett GeyerJ Geyer Plumbing
Davis Newton H.G. Fenton Company
Roselei Redrick J. Whalen Associates
John ShokohiStormwater Pros
Jeff Smith Lennar
Ryley WebbH.G. Fenton Company

y|GEN Board Members at Large

Juan Carlos BerrellezaStevens Cresto Engineers
John DeggelmanKB Home
Tyler MartinLennar
Amanda SeckendorfThe Land Stewards
Zac TorresFNTG Builder Services
Seth VoironDesign Appruv
Hannah Wong Rick Engineering

y|GEN Student Membership

y|GEN is pleased to announce FREE memberships for local students! Any current college student in the San Diego area is welcome to join our y|GEN group and attend all y|GEN events at no cost. This will also allow you to participate in the mentorship program and be paired with a seasoned industry professional. To sign up please complete the form below and return to Elena Mineo.

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Mentor Program

Take your next step in the industry and sign up for our Mid-Year Mentor Program! The y|GEN Mentor Program fosters professional growth by targeting the individual needs of mentees to develop their careers to the fullest potential. Our program gives young leaders in our industry the opportunity to be paired with and learn from a seasoned industry professional. If you have any questions please contact Elena Mineo.

Mentee Application Available Here!